Warren Buffett is a legendary investor without peer – but the Oracle of Omaha can offer some sage career advice as well.
According to a post on the Lifehacker site:
“Fortune magazine drops in on a Q&A Warren Buffett offered to 150 business students, and the advice dispensed by the Oracle of Omaha on investing and money in general is elegantly simple.
When one student asked Buffett how to best spend his free time to further his investing knowledge, Buffett avoided generalized advice and told him to stick to what he knows. Fortune paraphrases:
For most people, the bulk of their income is going to come from earning power in their chosen profession. Therefore, from the standpoint of building wealth, free time is better spent sharpening one’s professional skills rather than studying investing.“
Warren’s advice is prudent.
But how many of us actually do this? How many of us actually spend our free time doing things that will enable us to get better at our jobs and make us more marketable?
As a Recruiter, I often hear people lament about how their careers are stagnant, or that they are not earning what they think they are worth. But when I ask them what are they doing to invest in themselves and get better at their jobs, often there is no response.
Maybe – if we are really serious about developing our careers – we should follow Warren’s advice and spend more time developing our professional skills and less time following other pursuits.
Maybe we should all start investing in ourselves.